Who Invented The Airplane? We'll Take A Look and You Can Make The Decision.

So, we have finally stumbled on that that age old question - who invented the airplane? For many centuries people have been fascinated by the thought of flying. Leonardo da Vinci designed a flying machine in the 15th century, and by the time the 19th century rolled around, humans were airborne in hot-air balloons, gliders, and huge kites.

But they still had not built a machine that could fly without the use of the forces of nature; the theory of flight still depended on the whimsy of the wind but we were getting closer to powered flight.

Siver Dart, Baddeck, Nova Scotia

"Steam and gasoline engines, however, made it theoretically possible to construct a heavier-than-air craft that could be lifted off the ground and sustained in flight by its own power source. And so, at the end of the 19th century, enthusiasts around the world joined in the race to invent the first flying machine." (www.trivia-library.com/)

But who can lay claim to being the first? The contenders are Clement Ader   Samuel Pierpont Langley   Alberto Santos Dumont and   The Wright Brothers.   There is also a conclusion to this debate which can be found here.

FYI, these pictures are of the Silver Dart, the first airplane invented and flown in Canada and the entire British Empire. The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, had a helping hand in the development of the Silver Dart. This year (2009) marks the 100th Anniversary of that day in Baddeck, Nova Scotia on the frozen waters of the Bras D'Or Lake. The exact date was February 23rd 1909.

Silver Dart, Nova Scotia






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